Hurd Proposes GEAR UP Program Reforms
Congressman Will Hurd (R-TX) has proposed a bipartisan bill to reauthorize and reform a federal grant program that provides counseling, tutoring, mentoring and scholarship opportunities to America’s neediest students. The Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) for Success Act of 2018, which Hurd introduced last week with Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-CA), would revamp GEAR UP, a nationwide competitive grant program administered by the Department of Education that helps low-income students prepare for postsecondary education. “GEAR UP serves thousands of local students in my district and gives them the tools they need to become valuable contributors to our workforce,” said Hurd. “I’ll continue to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to ensure that every student has an equal chance for success.” Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) introduced the companion bill in the Senate along with Kamala Harris (D-CA), Thom Tillis (R-NC), and Joe Manchin (D-WV), among the original cosponsors. More here.